KZN Science Centre joins hands with KZNDOE to empower Cwakeme High School.

The KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) Science Centre is proud to announce its partnership with the KZN Department of Education and the MEC’s Office in reviving hope of a better future for the learners of Cwakeme High School in Hluhluwe, northern KZN.

After a fire destroyed most of the school’s buildings and facilities, the office of the Honourable KZN MEC of Education Mr Senzo Mchunu adopted the school with the aim of rebuilding it and more importantly, uplifting the confidence and spirit of the learners and educators. Hon. MEC Mchunu proudly stated: “I am not a minister of promises, but my department delivers.”

From the 08th to 09th of September 2012, the office of the MEC, the KZNDOE and the KZN Science Centre, held a highly successful intervention at the school in order to actively engage the Grade 12 learners into the world of science.

The KZN Science Centre’s Education Officers and Outreach Team hosted exciting workshops based on the requirements set out within the Life Sciences genre of the CAPS document. Informative practicals on Biotechnology, such as the interactive, ever popular DNA Extraction Workshop, gave learners the opportunity to play “Scientist” for the day.

In the spirit of giving, the KZN Science Centre, in conjunction with SciQuip, donated a mobile science unit to Cwakeme High School, fully equipped with the necessary scientific equipment needed to conduct the practicals required by the
curriculum for Life Sciences. This mobile science unit is to be utilized by learners, starting from Grade 8 levels right up to the senior Grade 12 level.

“Introducing learners from a basic level to the fascinating world of science will encourage them to take on these subjects at the senior levels and also motivate them to perform at their best and to achieve the 100% pass rate envisioned by Hon. MEC Mchunu”, cited Candice Potgieter, CEO of the KZN Science Centre.

Nazley Kast, Education Manager of the KZNSC, excitedly reported that learners who participated in the Biotechnology Workshops could not contain their excitement at having the rare opportunity to perform these experiments. “Learners who initially couldn’t answer any of the questions related to the topic later went on to develop a strong desire to learn more about the various facets and applications of Biotechnology.

The KZN Science Centre’s objective was to motivate and encourage these young learners to get excited about science and to inspire them to strive towards careers in the science field. Sanele Mbatha, a Grade 12 learner, was quoted as saying: “I did not take biology as I did not know how interesting it is. I had to choose commerce subjects instead. Biology is so much cooler.” Kast further added that “Mbatha successfully re-iterated the entire process of DNA Extraction after hearing about it for the first time from our Education Officers just moments before.”

The mission statement of the KZNSC: “To inculcate the importance of education in learners, educators and the general public using funded learning projects, curriculum based resources and interactive exhibitions” was certainly fulfilled at Cwakeme High School.


The KZN Science Centre, a Non Profit Organization (NPO #064-359-NPO), is situated at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga, and offers a great variety of educational and event facilities following an extensive revamp in October 2009. Through a variety of exhibits, workshops, themed holiday programmes, events, presentations and conferences, both in house and by going out to communities the KZN ScienCentre aims to promote science awareness amongst all citizens and in particular the youth, in order to encourage them to pursue science and technology related professions. For further enquiries, the KZN Science Centre can be contacted on 031-5668040 or you can visit the website at



Issued on behalf of: The KZN Science Centre

Press release compiled by:

Chantal Motilall

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Chantal Motilall

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